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Hunting hawkweed

Kosciuszko National Park


Do you enjoy volunteering in the great outdoors? Join the hunt for orange hawkweed and help eradicate this Class 1 Noxious weed from the Jagungal Wilderness Area in Kosciuszko National Park.


Summer each year

Kosciuszko National Park
Hard. Suitable for adults and teens 18 years and over. You'll need a good level of physical fitness (surveys require a lot of walking). You'll be walking approximately 4km a day, negotiating natural rough and uneven terrain (no paths) and moderate slopes on uneven surfaces.
Free shared accommodation in Khancoban (Sunday evening through to Saturday morning). Free food for meals (volunteers to prepare their own meals). If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform NPWS when booking. Free transport to and from Khancoban to the survey areas.
Meeting point
Meet at the NPWS office in Khancoban for an induction and safety briefing. Transport to and from Khancoban to the survey areas provided by NPWS.
Bookings required. For further information, phone the NPWS Khancoban office on (02) 6076 9373 or Tumut office on (02) 6947 7000. Maximum of 4 volunteers per week.

Orange hawkweed is a serious threat to the Australian Alps and surrounding environments, including productive farmland. It's known to out-compete native and pastoral plants, and is capable of creating a mono-culture.

Since 2009, over 300 volunteers have helped us in the search for orange hawkweed across the Jagungal Wilderness Area. Volunteers are instrumental in protecting sensitive environments from hawkweed invasion, by finding and hand-treating plants. Week-long surveys coincide with the peak flowering period in January each year, when orange hawkweed is easier to detect.

Surveys are conducted in some of the most scenic areas of Kosciuszko National Park. Volunteers will stay in Khancoban. All bed linen and towels are supplied. To ensure your stay is safe and comfortable, remember bring:

  • Personal medication (eg EPI pen, hay fever prevention)
  • Good waterproof walking boots
  • Thick socks
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • Hat (broad rimmed, shades face and neck)
  • Warm clothing and wet weather gear (weather changes rapidly, even in summer)
  • Gaiters (preferably not Velcro, as this collects seed)
  • Drinking water (1 litre bottle)
  • Day pack/backpack
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Lunchbox
  • Camera
  • Casual clothes and toiletries.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Park info

  • in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • Kosciuszko National Park is open all year round but at times some roads and trails close due to weather conditions or other park management issues, for details click on the alerts button or contact one of the park's visitor centres.

  • Park entry fees:

    Winter (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day(24hrs). Find out more about the Winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of the year (Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road only) $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day (24hrs).

    Yarrangobilly Caves (year-round): $4 per vehicle per day, unless park entry has been paid.

    Passes: Day passes (based on daily entry fees above), multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information on upgrades. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for five-days park entry at price of four days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Khancoban
      (02) 6076 9373
      (02) 6076 9382
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm (closed 12.30pm-1pm) Monday to Friday. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays.
    • Scammell Street, Khancoban NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
    • Yarrangobilly Caves
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
    • Fax: (02) 6454 9598
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    • Perisher Office
      (02) 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Summer: 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    • NPWS Building, 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley
    • Email:
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High Plains, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer